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How your OBGYN's in Dothan, Alabama can help after your baby is born
Having a baby is a special time, and after the baby is born, that’s a special time too. It’s important to take care of yourself, right along with \your baby. The team of doctors at Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama can help you feel your best by providing excellent postpartum care.
The postpartum period is typically the first 6 weeks after you give birth to your child. Your body is healing and beginning to return to pre-pregnancy condition. There are several simple tips you can try at home to feel better. Consider:
- Sitting on pads, pillows or ice packs to ease vaginal soreness
- Take a warm bath to ease tense, sore muscles and help you relax
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease pain
Some vaginal bleeding after giving birth is normal, but you should see your doctor if you have excessive bleeding that continues, fever, nausea, and uterine pain. These could be signs of an infection.
You should see your doctor within 3 weeks after you give birth, and then have a comprehensive postpartum checkup within 3 months after delivery. A comprehensive postpartum checkup includes an evaluation of how you are doing emotionally.
Postpartum depression happens to many women after giving birth. Your doctor will evaluate whether medication or other therapies can help with mood problems and other issues.
A physical examination is also an important part of postpartum care. Your uterus, vagina, cervix and abdomen will be checked to make sure you are healing and that there is no infection present.
Your doctor will also want to know about any concerns you have regarding caring for your baby, feeding your baby and caring for your own health.
Postpartum care is a vital part of continuing health care for you and your baby. Giving birth is a busy time, but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Start taking care of yourself by calling the doctors at Women’s Medical Center in Dothan, Alabama. Call (334) 793-3900 today!
Whether you had a vaginal or C-section delivery, having a baby is hard work and the time postpartum time is one in which your body needs some extra love and care. Here are six ways your gynecologist at Women's Medical Center in Dothan recommends you care for yourself during the postpartum period.
1. Prepare for Postpartum Bleeding
Whether your periods were usually light or intense before baby, you can expect some heavy bleeding after baby arrives. Stock up on pads before delivery so you don't have to run to the store later. Some women swear by adult underwear to keep the bleeding contained.
2. Keep a Squirt Bottle By the Toilet
Urinating can be very painful right after birth, especially if you had any stitches or tearing. Keep a squirt bottle near the toilet so you can squeeze or pour warm water over the area while urinating. It will dilute the urine and help immensely until the process becomes comfortable again.
3. Rest as Much as Possible
While your infant likely won't be on any sort of predictable schedule at first, the good news is that infants tend to sleep a lot. Take advantage of this by napping, or at least resting, as often as you can.
4. Take Pain Medications as Needed
It is normal to feel pain for a while after baby is out. Thankfully, the pain can usually be managed fairly easily with medication. If an over-the-counter medication isn't helping, speak with your gynecologist at Women's Medical Center in Dothan to see if a prescription painkiller might be in order.
5. Speak with your Dothan Gynecologist About Your Birth Control Options
Your fertility will return before your first period does, and you never really know for sure when that will be. If you aren't planning to have more children in the near future, speak to your gynecologist about your birth control options before you think you will need them.
6. Schedule Your Six-Week Appointment
Hopefully after six weeks of rest and self-care, you will be feeling much better. You will still want to visit Women's Medical Center in Dothan to make sure, however. There, your gynecologist will give you a physical exam to make sure you are healing properly and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
The postpartum period can and should be a wonderful time of healing and bonding with your baby. Use these six tips to make sure that it is!